- Using their definition of symbols, students will be
divided into groups and create a symbol that represents
the diversity in their group.
- Students will identify familiar symbols and express
the meaning of them
- Many pictures of symbols (i.e stop sign, bathroom
signs, handicapped parking signs, logos from familiar
- Art materials for creating a symbol
- Display several different representations of
- Write symbol on the board and ask the new students
what "symbol" means to them.
- If a common definition is reached, broaden it to
include pictures, words, or larger representations that
stand for something else.
- Explain that logos are symbols that companies use.
They hope when you see the logo, you'll know immediately
what it stands for.
- Utah also has symbols to represent values and
happenings in history that are important to Utah. See
what symbols the students already know to assess prior
- Discuss the question "Why do people use symbols of
words to create or communicate an idea?
- Discuss characteristics of a good symbol. Is it
simple, immediately recognizable, neat and well
- Divide students into groups, they will then decide
what symbol will represent their group.
- For the remainder of the time, the students will
cooperatively design and make their symbol.
- Based on the symbol created by the group, the teacher
will assess whether or not the students understood the
- Does their symbol stand for something?
- Is it neat?
- Does it represent the group?
- Is it immediately recognizable?
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